BMW India is all set to kick-start the 2019-20 financial year with its first launch - new generation X5 SUV. Internally codenamed G05, the fourth generation BMW X5 is now based on the CLAR platform that also underpins the 5 Series, 7 Series and the X3 in the automaker's line-up. The SUV is now larger and more feature loaded than its predecessor, while maintaining the sporty characteristic of the older models. The X5 has been a popular seller for BMW in India and we will get a low down on the prices at the launch tomorrow. Here's what we think should be the ideal prices for new BMW X5.
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Expect the 2019 BMW X5 to start around ₹ 70 lakh, which will make it only slightly more expensive than the outgoing version. The current model gets a starting price of ₹ 69.40 lakh in comparison. That said, expect the more loaded variants to turn slightly pricey going up to around ₹ 85 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom) for the range-topping version. The BMW X5 has always been a brisk seller for the manufacturer in India and will continue to be locally assembled at the automaker's Chennai-based facility. That will also help keep prices competitive on the new offering.
The fourth generation BMW X5 gets substantial upgrades on the design and feature front. The signature Kidney grille has grown larger and more imposing on the SUV, while the headlamps are all-LED and get the new adaptive LED DRLs. The front bumper has been reworked and gets larger vents and LED fog lights. The new X5 looks more agile than ever but retains the same silhouette as the older model. The wide LED taillights with the 3D signature add to the distinctive look of the SUV, while the model now gets 21-inch wheels as an option.
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The cabin though is all familiar, in-line with other BMW models and gets the digital instrument console called the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display; along with a floating infotainment screen, updated iDrive along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Like the other BMW models, you also get gesture and voice commands, as well as a customisable display. The cabin is covered in leather upholstery, while the feature list includes four-zone climate control, wireless charging, screens for rear seat passengers, ambient lighting and a revised gear-selector lever.
Power will come from the 3.0-litre turbo diesel motor tuned for 265 bhp and 620 Nm of peak torque, while there will also be the 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six petrol with 335 bhp and 450 Nm of peak torque. Both engines will come paired with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and all-wheel-drive as standard.
The new BMW X5 has many rivals now since it first went on sale with comptition coming from the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90, Range Rover Velar, Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7.